What I bring back: 'My Guatemala Dress'

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Traveling as long as I have and as much as I do, nothing really phases me anymore about airports, delays, lost/delayed luggage, security and all the other annoyances that come with travel, but taking 24 hours to get from Chicago to Guatemala and still arriving without my bag, was a brand new travel challenge. 

I will sum it up (will offer more detail in the next post) by saying that while the transit itself was exhausting, frustrating and complicated in ways that I had never experienced, the country (from what I saw) was yet another unexpected and beautiful surprise! 

After a seemingly endless 24 hours, I finally landed in Guatemala City and since I had no bag, and had already had to cancel the mornings' press event and was due to make my first presentation in two hours, we headed straight to the mall. While that might seem like fun for most girls, I can assure you, being in a foreign country, not knowing any of the stores and having a disproportionate body type, and having to HAVE to find something appropriate to wear to a business presentation followed by a cocktail event is not the easiest task. 

I got lucky and did manage to find something to wear that I, and many of the wonderful people I met there, jokingly call 'my Guatemala dress.' 

I LOVE bringing locally crafted or signature items (and of course, a shot glass to add to my brother's collection) back for my family, but I am not really a 'collector' or a big souvenir person myself. Clothes are definitely NOT among the list of things I would bring home because let's be real, when would I wear an abaya or kimono or local Guatemalan dress? And where will I store it in my cute, but little city apartment? I haven't quite figured out a specific thing to collect, but if I look at the things I have brought back home over the years, the theme is the same: each has a story, and while my dress is not the 'typical' souvenir, it is the most perfect keepsake for this trip. It has its own special story AND I will definitely be wearing it again. 

What is your favorite souvenir?

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